Q3 15:00: The second half begins with a 22-yard kickoff return by Stefan Logan. The Steelers will start the ball at their own 17 yard line.
Q3 13:38: Roethlisberger completes a seven-yard pass to Ward on first down. On 2nd and 3, Mendenhall battles his way through contact and gains six yards to pick up a Pittsburgh first down at the 30 yard line.
Q3 11:30: Roethlisberger looks downfield, but Kenny Peterson makes a move into the pocket and hits the ball out of Roethlisberger’s hand. Robert Ayers recovers the fumble and races down the sideline for a 54-yard touchdown. After an extra point by Prater, the Broncos regain the lead.
Broncos 10, Steelers 7
Q3 12:22: Medenhall rushes to his left on first down. On second down, Roethlisberger goes play action and find Ward at midfield for an 18-yard gain. The ball is at the Denver 49 yard line.
Q3 11:35: Out of a five-wide set, Roethlisberger pump fakes to his left and then finds Holmes for a 16-yard completion. The ball is now at the Denver 33 yard line.
Q3 11:09: Prater sends the kickoff five yards deep into the end zone. Logan again elects to take the ball out of the end zone, returning the ball to the Pittsburgh 20 yard line.
Q3 11:08: Roethlisberger goes play action on first down and completes a 18-yard pass to Wallace, giving Pittsburgh a first down at its own 38.
Q3 10:08: On the next play, Mendenhall finds a big hole along the right side and rushes 24 yards before being pushed out of bounds by Wesley Woodyard at the Denver 38.
Q3 9:09: After Roethlisberger connects with Holmes for a 35-yard reception down to the Denver 3 yard line, the Pittsburgh signal caller finds Ward in the back of the end zone for a three-yard touchdown. Reed connects on the extra point and the Steelers have regained the lead.
Steelers 14, Broncos 10
Q3 9:04: Reed’s short kickoff lands in the hands of Spencer Larsen, who returns the ball to the Pittsburgh 40 yard line.
Q3 8:22: Orton throws a bullet pass to Royal, who slashes across the middle for the 16-yard gain. Denver has the ball at the Pittsburgh 44 yard line.
Q3 7:32: Given the hanoff on first down, Moreno loses his balance and loses one yard on the play. After a bit of controversy whether or not Orton’s second down pass incompletion to Daniel Graham was an incompletion or a fumble, the officials rule it a forward pass. Orton can’t connect with Marshall near the right sideline on third down and Berger is on to punt.
Q3 7:20: Josh Barrett makes a nice play to keep Berger’s punt out of the end zone and the Steelers will start their offensive posession at their own 3 yard line.
Q3 7:14: INVESCO Field was rocking coming out of the TV timeout, as Kenny Peterson fired up the crowd near the end zone line. On first down Mendenhall followed his blockers for a gain of three.
Q3 5:42: Roethlisberger goes play action on second down, completing a 14-yard pass to Heath Miller to move the chains. On 1st and 10 from the Denver 20, Mendenhall burts throw a hole along the right side, gaining 28 yards.
Q3 4:44: On first down, Roethlisberger finds Miller across the middle for a four-yard reception and the Steelers are now in Denver territory, at the 48 yard line. After an incompletion to Wallace along the left sideline, the Steelers face a 3rd and 6.
Q3 4:43: Before the snap, the Broncos elect to take their first timeout of the second half.
Q3 4:02: Roethlisberger again makes a play downfield, finding Wallace on third down for a 15-yard gain to move the chains. Pittsburgh has the ball at the Denver 33.
Q3 2:42: After Mendenhall gains eight yards on first down, Holmes cuts across the middle for a 10-yard reception. The ball is at the Denver 15 yard line.
Q3 2:27: Roethlisberger fires to the end zone, but misses his target and Andre’ Goodman snatches the ball at the goal line for an interception. After an illegal block in the back call on the return, the Broncos’ offensive unit starts with the ball at their own 10 yard line.
Q3 1:22: Marshall makes his ninth catch of the night on first down, gaining 15 yards to move the chains. Orton then completes a three-yard pass to Tony Scheffler — bringing up 2nd and 7.
Q3 0:18: After Buckhalter gains two-yards on a rush up the middle, Orton takes a hit in the pocket and completes a short pass to Brandon Stokley. The play ends one yard short of the first-down marker and Berger is in to punt.
Q3 0:00: On the final play of the third quarter, Logan returns Berger’s 50-yard punt to the Pittsburgh 30 yard line.
End of the Third Quarter: STEELERS 14, BRONCOS 10
Q4 15:00: The Steelers open the fourth quarter with a reverse to Wallace. Wallace rushes along the left sideline, gaining three yards before being met by a group of Broncos.
Q4 13:20: Mendenhall picks up one yard on second down bringing up 3rd and 6 from the Pittsburgh 34 yard line. Roethlisberger looks deep on the play. He overthrows Wallace along the right sideline, forcing a Pittsburgh punt.
Q4 13:09: Royal return’s Sepulveda’s punt 15 yards before being pushed out of bounds by the punter at the Denver 33 yard line.
Q4 12:57: On first down, Orton goes play action and looks for Marshall along the right sideline. Marshall tips the ball to himself, but his feet aren’t in bounds. On second down, Orton is pressured and misfires to Graham, bringing up 3rd and 10.
Q4 12:04: On third down, Orton looks to his left and throws a short pass to Marshall. Marshall can’t escape a Pittsburgh defender, and he gains only three yards on the play forcing a punt by Berger.
Q4 12:03: Berger’s punt goes 24 yards. After being downed by Kenny McKinley, the Steelers will take over possession at their own 36 yard line.
Q4 11:52: Mendenhall gained two yards on first down and then Roethlisberger completed a short pass to Ward for two more yards on second down bringing up 3rd and 6 from the Pittsburgh 45 yard line.
Q4 10:32: With pressure coming, Roethlisberger throws a seven-yard completion to Holmes — giving the Steelers a first down at the Denver 48.
Q4 9:04: After a four-yard gain by Mendenhall, Roethlisberger fires incomplete to Limas Sweed on second down — setting up 3rd and 6 from the Denver 44.
Q4 9:03: Sitting patinetly in the pocket, Roethlisberger fires deep to Miller. The pass is off target, however, and the Steelers are forced to punt. Royal signals for a fair catch at the Denver 9-yard line, and that is where the offensive unit will take over possession.
Q4 8:31: On first down, Buckhalter rushes for no gain as Troy Polamalu sniffed out the run. On the very next play, Polamalu made an even bigger play, picking off a Kyle Orton pass and giving the Steelers’ offense the ball at the Denver 25 yard line.
Q4 7:49: Mendenhall rumbles his way down the field for six yards on first down. On second down, Mendenhall goes backwards as he tries to make his way around the right sideline. He was drilled by Brian Dawkins, resulting in a six-yard loss.
Q4 7:03: Avoiding pressure on 3rd and 10, Roethlisberger rolls out of the pocket to his right and finds Wallace slashing to the middle of the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown.
STEELERS 21, BRONCOS 10
Q4 6:58: McKinley returns Reed’s kickoff 21 yards and the Broncos’ offensive unit takes over at the Denver 26. Under heavy pressure, Orton throws incomplete on first down.
Q4 5:58: After Royal can’t snag a low throw by Orton on second down, the Broncos face a 3rd and 10. Operating out of shotgun, Orton looks downfield. Orton had the ball hit out of his hand by Keisel and the officials ruled the play a fumble. Casey Wiegmann recovered the ball, but the Broncos are challenging the ruling on the field.
Q4 5:57: After reviewing the play, the call on the field was reversed. Orton’s pass was ruled incomplete, so the Broncos will not be charged with a timeout. Berger is set to punt from the Denver 26 yard line.
Q4 5:52: The Steelers start their offensive possession at their own 26 after an illegal block in the back penalty. Mendenhall is taken down for a loss of three by Champ Bailey on first down.
Q4 4:55: After a false start on Mendenhall, the speedy back more than makes up for the call on the very next play — weaving his way downfield for a 36-yard run. The Steelers have the ball at the Denver 46 yard line.
Q4 3:22: Mendenhall gains one yard on first down and then Mewelde Moore finds a big hole along the left side on second down, gaining 12 yards and giving Pittsburgh the ball at the Denver 33.
Q4 2:27: Moore gains two yards rushing to his right on first down. After Moore gains another two yards, the Broncos use their second timeout of the half.
Q4 2:26: As Roethlisberger surveyed the line of scrimmage, the Steelers elected to use their first timeout of the second half.
Q4 2:11: Operating out of shotgun on 3rd and 5, Roethlisberger rolls to his left and completes a seven-yard pass to Ward to keep the chains moving.
Q4 2:00: Mendenhall continues to run hard. He just burst his way up the middle of the field for an 18-yard gain, giving the Steelers 1st and Goal from the Denver 3 yard line heading out of the two-minute warning.
Q4 1:35: Mendenhall receives the handoff on 1st and Goal and he is quickly stopped for a loss of one by a charging Mario Haggan. With Willie Colon injured on the play, the Steelers are forced to use a timeout.
Q4 1:34: The previous play is under review in the both as there is question whether or not Mendenhall fumbled as he was being taken down on the carry.
Q4 1:27: After review, the call on the field was upheld bringing up 2nd and Goal for the Steelers. Mendenhall gained one yard on the play and the Broncos elect to use their final timeout of the second half.
Q4 1:20: Roethlisberger throws a quick pass to Ward on 3rd and 3, and the veteran wide receiver heads into the end zone. After an extra point by Reed, the Steelers now lead by 18.
STEELERS 28, BRONCOS 10
Q4 1:02: Reed booms his kickoff into the end zone, forcing McKinley to backpedal on the play and down the ball. Starting at the Denver 20, Orton completes a 12-yard pass to Marshall on first down.
Q4 0:33: Orton completes a four-yard pass to Buckhalter. Buckhalter was hit hard by James Harrison on the play. Slow to get up, the Broncos are given an injury timeout — which results in a 10-second run off on the play clock.
Q4 0:15: With Orton and the Broncos facing a 3rd and 6 from the Denver 36, Carter records his second interception of the game.
Q4 0:00: Roethlisberger kneels to end the game, as the Steelers come away with the road victory at INVESCO Field at Mile High.
STEELERS 28, BRONCOS 10